Is this really the beginning of the end?

Let’s hope so. 

Courtesy of CBS News:

Pfizer said Friday it is asking U.S. regulators to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine. The announcement starts the clock on a process that could bring limited first shots as early as next month and eventually an end to the pandemic — but not until after a long, hard winter.

The action comes days after Pfizer Inc. and its German partner BioNTech announced that its vaccine appears 95% effective at preventing mild to severe COVID-19 disease in a large, ongoing study.

The companies said that protection plus a good safety record means the vaccine should qualify for emergency use authorization, something the Food and Drug Administration can grant before the final testing is fully complete. In addition to Friday’s FDA submission, they have already started “rolling” applications in Europe and the U.K. and intend to submit similar information soon.

“Our work to deliver a safe and effective vaccine has never been more urgent,” Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said in a statement.

With the coronavirus surging around the U.S. and the world, the pressure is on for regulators to make a speedy decision.

“Help is on the way,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease expert said on the eve of Pfizer’s announcement, adding that it’s too early to abandon masks and other protective measures. “We need to actually double down on the public health measures as we’re waiting for that help to come.”

Man, I think we are all hoping that this vaccine works as advertised. 

According to Dr. Fauci, this is key to us getting back to normal, and I am anxious to start on that process. 

We have to keep in mind though that viruses are tricky things and we may find ourselves requiring booster shots to keep the virus at bay, and even newer vaccines to battle against mutations that are sure to follow. 

In other words even when it’s over, it ain’t over.